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10.13.2009
GET INTO THE SPIRIT AT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY'S HOCUS POCUS POPS OCT. 23

Trick or treat? Why not “treat” the family to Hocus Pocus Pops at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. It’s a night of enchanting music and whimsical fun as the Houston Symphony casts a magical spell on The Pavilion. Tickets for Hocus Pocus Pops are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Conductor for the evening, Brett Mitchell, gets into the spirit with songs such as: John Williams’ March from “Superman” and Hedwig’s Theme from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Dvorak’s “The Noon Witch,” Op. 108, Humperdinck’s Hexenritt (Witch’s Ride) from “Hansel and Gretel,” Herrmann’s Psycho, A Narrative for String Orchestra, Sondheim and Sebesky’s Suite from “Sweeney Todd” and more.

Daddies, mummies and all the little ghosts and goblins are invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes for a chance to walk on stage during the concert. The first 100 children in costume to check in at Hocus Pocus Central in the North Plaza are invited to march on stage in the Goblin Parade during the Symphony’s performance.

Concertgoers can register to win free prizes from H-E-B! Bring any H-E-B receipt from October 2009 to Hocus Pocus Pops and register to win one of two gift baskets provided by H-E-B and The Pavilion. Receipts must be brought to Hocus Pocus Central in The Pavilion’s North Plaza prior to the performance (between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.) on Oct. 23. The drawing takes place on the Main Stage before the concert.

Have a “spooktacular” time at the pre-concert activities in the Fidelity Investments Plaza starting at 6 p.m. Little monsters can try out The Pavilion Partners Instrument Petting Zoo, sponsored by Music & Arts, and use their imaginations to create crafty spiders at the Partners arts and crafts booth. Other activities include pumpkin decorating, bean bag toss, ring toss, temporary tattoos, grab bags full of candy and toys, spooky photos with Fidelity, a prize wheel and more. As costumed characters roam the grounds, little monsters can mash it up with Radio Disney before the concert begins. Radio Disney Party Patrol will be on hand with music, dancing and great prizes! Gates open at 6 p.m.

For “monsterous” savings, bring any H-E-B receipt from October 2009 to The Pavilion Ticket Office and receive half-price orchestra-level tickets to Hocus Pocus Pops Oct. 23 at The Pavilion. A receipt must be presented at time of purchase. This offer is only available at The Pavilion Ticket Office, not at any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone or online. Limit four half-price tickets per receipt. This offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets. Mezzanine and lawn seating is free, sponsored by H-E-B.

Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free courtesy of H-E-B. Tickets are not required for mezzanine and lawn seating. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on event days through the start of the show. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Macy’s, Fiesta, select FYE, H-E-B and Ritmo Latino locations, Wherehouse Music and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

Preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage, located along Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Tickets for on-site parking can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Ticket Office. Guests also may park in any of the five free parking lots on the southwest side of The Pavilion. The free, color-coded lots are connected to The Pavilion by corresponding pathways with signs leading across The Waterway.

At the symphony, have a picnic in your seat or on the hill during the concert. Free lawn chairs also are available for this and other applicable performing arts events. Keep in mind that beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 20th Performing Arts Season is presented by The Woodlands Development Company and sponsored by Donoho’s Jewellers, Audi of America, the Community Associations of The Woodlands, Houston Community Newspapers, The Pavilion Partners, The Wortham Foundation, and Continental Airlines, official airline of The Pavilion.

If you would like more information about The Pavilion and its 20th Performing Arts Season, please visit www.woodlandscenter.org or look for The Pavilion on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

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